JUST RELEASED: Statistics Canada’s Federal Scientific Activities 2014/2015
On June 6, 2014, Statistics Canada released its annual report “Federal Scientific Activities.”
Unsurprisingly, the report indicates that “science and technology expenditures by federal departments and agencies are expected to decline 5.4% from the previous fiscal year to $10.3 billion dollars in 2014/2015.” This amounts to $588 million dollars to be cut from S&T spending this year.
Regarding S&T positions, the report indicates that “federal departments and agencies reported that they anticipate 35,189 full-time equivalent positions to be engaged in science and technology activities in 2014/2015, down 2.8% from 2013/2014.” This amounts to another 1014 positions to be cut from federal S&T activities.
Even more distressing, the report reflects the ongoing shift away from spending on intramural government science, pointing to the further privatization of public science. Although both intramural and extramural expenditures show a steady decline over the past 5 years, intramural science is disproportionately affected. Intramural expenditures decreased 16.5% from 2010/2011 figures, whereas extramural expenditures only decreased by 12.5%.
You can find the full report on the Statistics Canada website.